Job Characteristics and Leisure Physical Activity

TitleJob Characteristics and Leisure Physical Activity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsWu, B, Porell, F
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status

Responses of 6,433 full-time older US workers (ages 51-61) from the 1992 Health and Retirement Study were grouped into two white-collar and blue-collar worker categories and analyzed to test whether self-reported levels of regular physical activity are associated with the physical demands and stress associated with one's job. It is found that although the white-collar workers whose jobs involve more physical efforts are more likely to do light physical activity, the blue-collar workers, whose jobs are more physically demanding, tend to engage in more vigorous exercise. The empirical results are most supportive of generalization theory, in which work attitudes spill over into other life experiences; they also illustrate the complexity of relationships between work and leisure physical activity. 3 Tables, 42 References. Adapted from the source document

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Job Characteristics/Physical Fitness/Occupational Stress/Workers/Health Behavior/Work to Leisure Relationship/Work Attitudes

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Citation Key6685